ALTSEAN-Burma is hiring a Training Intern!

Deadline for applications is 5pm 18 May 2019, Bangkok time. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early, as applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and ALTSEAN reserves the right to interview and to offer the position to the right candidate ahead of schedule.

The preferred starting date for this position is 1 August 2019 or earlier.

ALTSEAN-Burma (the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma), a Bangkok-based human rights group, works with a broad range of people from Southeast Asia and beyond, to promote the cause of human rights and democracy in Burma. We are known for our advocacy activities, our publications, and our training programs.

We are looking for a multi-skilled woman to join the training team as an intern for twelve (12) months, carrying out the duties listed below while maintaining a sense of humor. At the end of the internship, a fulltime job will be offered to the successful candidate, depending on performance, team dynamics and funding. Women candidates who have experience volunteering or working in the Burma movement or other human rights movements will be at an advantage. This position is reserved for female candidates only, as some of our trainees are women who been exposed to serious human rights violations, and would feel more confident sharing to a female trainer. This position will give the successful applicant the opportunity to contribute directly to the capacity development of women and youth activists who work in challenging conditions for human rights in Burma.

This position will suit an individual who is highly efficient, comfortable working in close collaboration with a team of diverse people, willing to work long hours and able to observe the strict discipline and security protocols of the office. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language would be a definite advantage.

The ALTSEAN team is comprised of the Coordinator (delivers several off-site training workshops and participates in key decision-making concerning design and implementation of programs), the Women of Burma trainer, an Offsite Trainer, two Research Officers, a Program & MEAL Officer, and two Administrative staff (who assist the training team with management, logistics, risk assessment and accounts support). The successful applicant may be offered a fulltime position upon the conclusion of the internship, subject to work performance and funding.


The Training Intern, under the guidance of the management, will be primarily responsible for the smooth execution of our Women of Burma Internship Program: an intensive 5-month in-house training program for 6 Burmese women from diverse organizations within Burma. Please note that the successful applicant will be the main role model of the women of Burma interns and therefore should embody the dedication, efficiency and qualities oriented to pro-active communication, problem-solving and dialogue.

1. Develop, review and update the curriculum, training materials and lesson plans for the Women of Burma Internship program, with the guidance of the Coordinator. This work will require research and writing modules on a range of topics.

2. In collaboration with the Offsite Trainer, deliver classes to the Burmese women interns on a range of topics aimed at developing participants’ knowledge of diverse but relevant human rights topics, and skills such as research, writing and presentation, advocacy and project cycle management, and critical thinking. Specific assignments will depend on the successful applicant’s level of knowledge and confidence. The Training Intern will be expected to train for 17-25 hours per week. There are already lesson plans and modules for all topics listed.

3. Mentor Women of Burma interns through the complete Project Cycle Management process. The participants are expected to design and implement every aspect of a mini advocacy project utilizing the Project Cycle Management and Advocacy modules of the program. This requires not only teaching the interns the process in theory but also guiding them through each step in practice. For the first half of the Women of Burma internship, this is their main priority and will take up more a significant amount of class time. There are already lesson plans for these classes, but updates may be necessary according to each batch’s project.

4. Other duties relevant to the Women of Burma Internship and Alumni program include:

a. Daily management of the Women of Burma internship and the well-being of the interns;

b. Correction of interns’ homework, assignments and time sheets;

c. Implementation of Women of Burma interns’ outings in compliance with security protocols;

d. Recruitment of new Women of Burma interns including review of application forms and participation in interviews;

e. Maintain contact with Women of Burma Alumni through Facebook page and track their progress;

f. Assist with report-writing or other additional tasks as requested.

WOB Alumni Refresher Courses

Every 2 or 3 years, ALTSEAN conducts week-long “refresher courses” for alumni of this program, in order to provide “top-up” skills and knowledge, and group mentoring. The content is often nominated by participants. The successful candidate is expected to assist in the design and implementation of such courses.


• Duration of 12 months. The successful applicant will be offered a fulltime position after 12 months, subject to work performance, team dynamics and funding.

• Minimum of 40 working hours per week, excluding public holidays. The training intern is required to be on-call two weekends per month.

• 12 days annual leave per 12 months or pro-rata equivalent.

• Breakfast and lunch available free of charge at the office on workdays.

During 3-month probation period:

• Title: “Training Intern”

• Monthly allowance of 11,000 Thai baht (THB).

• Supporting documents provided to enable application for a non-immigrant visa before arriving at ALTSEAN.

• Reimbursement of up to 10,000 THB during the 3-month probation period for visa-related expenses (receipts necessary for reimbursements). The intern is expected to cover all initial visa and travel related expenses to Thailand prior to the commencement of the internship.

• Subsidized accommodation provided in a furnished room at the office or at an apartment used for security storage, depending on availability of either option, for the course of the probation period. Interns who opt to stay at their own accommodation may be given a small transport allowance.

After satisfactory completion of the 3-month probation, the intern will:

• Receive title upgrade to “Trainer”

• Receive a monthly living allowance of 11,000 THB and a monthly visa allowance of 12,000 THB on a cash-in-hand basis (23,000 THB nett per month). They will henceforth be responsible for their own accommodation and visa expenses.

• Be able to claim reimbursement to a maximum 500 THB/month for health expenditures (subject to production of receipts for allowed expenditure – medical, dental, medicines, vitamins, contraception, and therapeutic massage). Unused health allowance can accumulate and be claimed for larger bills incurred.


Interested individuals should submit applications by email to quoting the reference code INT/WOB in the subject line.

The application must include:

• A duly filled Application Form available at

• A complete résumé / CV. Applications submitted in any other format will not be considered.

• Short-listed candidates may be required to submit written responses to scenarios provided by ALTSEAN-Burma prior to the interview.

NOTE: The intern should cover their own travel to and from Thailand to take up this internship. This position may involve travel to conduct or assist with trainings on location along the Thai Burma border and potentially in other nearby countries. In such situations, ALTSEAN-Burma will take care of logistics and expenses per the Staff Manual. Respect for and adherence to the security precautions and policies of the ALTSEAN-Burma Secretariat is essential. The Secretariat team is made up of people from a broad range of backgrounds; therefore cultural sensitivity is a priority. The ALTSEAN-Burma Secretariat is a non-smoking workplace.